Wednesday TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Dominates Despite Dip, ‘Code Black’ Has Modest Debut

     October 1, 2015

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The TV ratings for Wednesday, September 30th are in; here are some of the highlights:

  • At 8 p.m., Survivor’s second week only dropped a tenth of a point from last week’s premiere, to a 2.3 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, and 9.3 million viewers, winning its time slot for CBS.
  • Also at 8 p.m., Fox’s Rosewood saw a (typical) second week drop off of half a point, down to a 1.9 rating and 6.2 million viewers.
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    But Fox predictably dominated the 9 p.m. hour with Empire, although the drama dropped over a point from its stellar premiere (6.7), down to a 5.4 rating and 13.7 million viewers. That’s still high, though, and it led to Fox winning the night in the ratings and with viewers overall.


  • ABC’s comedy bloc kicked off at 8 p.m. with The Middle gaining ground on its premiere with a 2.2 rating and 7.9 million viewers. At 8:30 p.m., The Goldbergs dropped a tenth to a 2.3 rating, but kept those 7.9 million viewers. Modern Family was down two tenths to a 2.9 rating but notched 8.6 million viewers at 9 p.m., while black-ish made a surprising, significant drop of six tenths at 9:30 p.m. to a 1.8 rating and 5.9 million viewers.
  • Nashville finished up ABC’s night at 10 p.m. down a tenth to a 1.2 rating and 4.8 million viewers.
  • NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura at 8 p.m. stayed steady with its premiere numbers of a 1.2 rating and 7.2 million viewers at 8 p.m., and the same was true of Law & Order: SVU’s steady 1.7 rating and 6.7 million viewers.
  • NBC made a comeback at 10 p.m., though, with Chicago P.D., which won its timeslot despite dropping three points to a 1.7 rating and 6.7 million v viewers.
  • Criminal Minds at 9 p.m. was down significantly for CBS after its premiere (seven points) to a 2.0 rating and 9.9 million viewers.
  • Lastly, the premiere of Code Black at 10 p.m. on CBS had a modest start with a 1.6 rating and 8.6 million viewers.

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